Sunday, January 20, 2013
What's in a name?
I have been thinking about a particular landscape quilt idea I would like to do for some time. It would be a winter scene loosely based on scenery I drive through quite frequently in Wyoming. I even had the name for the quilt which was very exciting to me as I am notoriously "name-challenged" when it comes to my pieces.
The name I had picked out was "Old Woman Creek", which is an actual place filled with ancient cottonwood trees along a meandering stream. But several people I mentioned this to were not at all enthusiastic about what that title brought to mind. When I hear the name I think of this picturesque spot in Wyoming but apparently others had more unpleasant images in mind.
So I countered with another location name that sounded equally interesting to me, "Mule Creek". This is also an actual location in Wyoming that I drive through frequently and it also has similar interesting and ancient cottonwood trees along a creek bed. "Mule Creek" met with rave reviews, perhaps conjuring up images of the Old West instead of old women.
Interesting what can be in a name and you can probably guess what the final title of my new piece will be now!